Shanghai-based Poole Sightseeing Boat Tours announced it would suspend its tours of China after the Ministry of Tourism and Culture said that it would be suspending tours for the rest of the month due to the Chinese government’s efforts to restrict the use of the Chinese-language “pooles” in public places.
The ministry said it would ban the use and sale of “poooles” and said it had imposed a strict ban on the use or sale of a “poodle” in the country.
It said the use, sale, or transfer of “bodys” and “bodies” was illegal and was a criminal offense.
Poole said it has been banned from carrying out any further tours of Chinese waters.
The tour operator also said that the government had shut down its website in the mainland to prevent the spread of misinformation about its services.
It’s not the first time that Poole has been in trouble in China over its “poodles” services.
In April, the company was fined about $1 million after a tour of a ship in Qingdao province, where a crew member was caught selling a poodle for 10,000 yuan ($1,260) on its website.